August Seventh

Physicians are known to be snobs. Notoriously. I know some of them. But there are others who are genuine and follow the Oath of upholding the ethics of helping and being kind to patients.
Case in point—
I was told by my cardiologist here, that I needed stent for my right Coronary Artery, because even though I had good collaterals from the left, I was symptomatic with shortness of breath and tiredness. He arranged for me to see a Cardiology specialist, Dr. John Lasala, who specialized in intervention. He also said that he sent his difficult cases to him in St. Louis and was very satisfied with the results.
I asked that I first talk to him and have him answer my questions that I had.
Last week, Dr. Lasala’s office called and said, “Dr. Ali, we have you scheduled for your stent procedure on the 7th of August.
I was disturbed. I told her that I needed to first meet with him and talk to him and see what kind of a person/doctor he is. She told me that he didn’t have outpatient clinic, and all he did was these procedures all the time! BUT, she went on to say, that he could call me and talk to me. I said that was fine, and was given a 10 O’clock time on Thursday morning.
I fretted and fidgeted, because I didn’t know what kind of a guy he was, and what he would think of calling a patient to talk to. Like I said, most physicians are snobs and have an attitude that can reach the heights of Eiffel Tower! I couldn’t sleep on Wednesday night. Got all my questions written out, and knew that he would perhaps call me, but maybe I would be kept waiting— instead of ten, he would call me at 11 or in the afternoon.
At three minutes to ten on Thursday morning, the phone rang; it was his office, and he was ready to talk to me! Really??? I was impressed.
He had the most calming voice and allowed me to ask all the questions without interrupting me, and explained the procedure so thoroughly. He said he would work in tandem, with his partner, and both of them would be performing the procedure. Told me what kind of stents he would be using, and for how long he had been practicing etc.
He was so good to me. No attitude, no snobbishness, but genuine and down to earth etc. I was so relieved after talking to him, that I went to bed and slept for three hours straight!!
So that’s the story. The procedure is set for the 7th. I don’t know the time yet. They will call me on Thursday or Friday and tell me about that.
Hope everything goes well. Just thought I would let you all know.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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9 Responses to August Seventh

  1. slmret says:

    I’m SO glad you like the doctor! That’s often half the battle in a scary situation! It’s unusual for a doctor not to see his patients ahead of time, but that must mean he’s super busy and has time only for post-op visits (in the hospital?). I hate that you still have to wait so long, but that must also mean that the specialist has lots of patients — a good sign! I do hope that the procedure will be a complete success, and that you will feel 100% better very quickly afterwards (well — maybe 95%)! Love and hugs!

  2. whyzat says:

    I’m glad that’s one less thing for you to worry about! Just think how much younger you will feel when more blood and oxygen can flow freely through your brain! That’s certainly something to look forward to.

  3. beowulf222 says:

    Glad to hear you are ok with this surgeon and will get the procedure done.

  4. mrswrangler says:

    Prayers for your procedure. Glad you have a good doctor. All the good doctors have been ran out of town and the snobby doctors who are the hospitals puppets are left. In the same direction same amount of miles they have a bad reputation of horrible patient care.

  5. kaylar says:

    Hugs. and good job, on talking to him first. I think Medicine is slowly evolving. We’re so young, in this country, re so many things. More hugs.

  6. I’m glad the doctor was empathetic and willing to spend time with his patients. I hope everything will go well on the 7th. My prayers are with you for a very speedy recovery.

  7. YAY for a wonderful, kind, empathetic doctor who is willing to talk and listen!
    Prayers and healing wishes for everything to go perfectly on the 7th, SweetZ! And that you will feel so so SO much better after recovery! 🙂

    I have been fortunate…I have only met two snobby docs in my whole life and both of them were surgeons. One was just very unfeeling and uncommunicative. The other was an arrogant *&%# (bleep!). 😦 I am so grateful for all the wonderful doctors I’ve encountered!!! 🙂

    (((HUGS))) and ❤ 🙂

  8. I’m so glad he called and was so great. One less worry. My mama’s dr did the same thing but after the surgery when she had issues. He was patient and kind. I was very impressed.
    Keeping you in my prayers. Love and hugs.

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